Spotsylvania firefighters rescue man trapped in well
Spotsylvania County’s Technical Rescue Team was called into action on Sunday after a 27-year-old man became trapped in a 30-foot deep well.
The man was trying to remove debris from inside a well on property in the 13800 block of West Catharpin Road near the Orange County line, Spotsylvania Deputy Chief Joe Sposa said on Monday.
When the people working with him realized he couldn’t get out, they went to the nearby home of a volunteer fire captain who radioed the county communications center, Sposa said.
The request came in at 3:09 p.m. and when the first unit arrived at 3:21 p.m., responders found the man awake and not injured.
Spotsylvania’s Technical Rescue Team was called for its expertise in dealing with people in confined spaces, Sposa said.
Rescue personnel lowered a special harness to the man who was able to place it on by himself.
They then put a tripod device in place over the well and used a system of ropes and pulleys to bring him out, Sposa said.
The man was taken to a local hospital for evaluation and then released.
Thirty-two fire and rescue personnel assisted with the incident including a fire engine, fire truck and an EMS unit.
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